Confessions of a football mascot
Fights, funerals, and giant furry heads: Lifting the lid on the lives of English soccer’s mascots
From the BBC:
The subculture of club mascots is one of the most bizarre – and cloistered – surrounding football in the U.K.
Who are these people? What does it take to inhabit a mascot costume? How do they feel about being the only person in the team line-up during a solemn minute’s silence who happens to be dressed as a massive, fluffy alien?
We chatted to some of those who’ve dedicated a big part of their lives to living as guests in these giant, furry talismans. They shared with us some of the most bizarre, absurd, and, occasionally, violent anecdotes from their time on the sidelines of British football.
Here are their tales, in their own words…